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Editor’s Corner

By: Penni Bentley, Chamber Director of Communications penni@amarillo-chamber.org

The thermostat may not show it, but to a lot of people, fall has arrived.

It’s probably not a coincidence that Kenny Chesney waited to release his new single “The Boys of Fall” this time of year. If you live in the Texas panhandle, for sure fall means football. Doesn’t matter if you are rooting for the hometown high school team, painting your face for college game day, or sitting on your couch on a Monday night, everyone is cheering for someone. There is nothing like a little friendly rivalry among friends about whose college team is the best. There was a game this week- end between a couple of Texas schools (one in Lubbock and one in Austin). No offense, but the Aggie in me is rooted for a zero- zero tie just because I can’t decide which team I’d like to see lose more. I can easily put my thumb up...but just can’t make that index finger get a “gun up”. I know, I’ll get some nasty emails on this comment, but oh well.

than our 100+ cooking teams serve in a 4-block area on a Sep- tember Thursday in Amarillo, Texas. I’d also bet that there is no other representation of simultaneous true teamwork than at our little event. It’s not often you get people from a company in com- pletely different departments or areas of work expertise to work side-by-side firing up a grill and decorating like our teams do. I know there is no better representation of teamwork within our own office than the barbecue. Queen Andrea is in charge of course, and it takes her months of preparation to lead us in this project, but it takes all 21+ of our staff (as well as some spouses and friends) to pull this event off. And none of it would happen without the help of our more than 80 sponsors and 230 volun- teers. To everyone, we owe a huge THANK YOU!

With the event behind us, we can actually take a breather and enjoy the fall...and some football ourselves. Just think...we will do it all over again in about 353 days...give or take a few.

So as always, tell us how we are doing. Give us your suggestions, feedback, and input. Get involved. We are YOUR Chamber.

The Chamber recently “kicked off” fall with the 15th Annual Good Times Celebration Barbecue Cook-Off. That’s how we say good-bye to summer and hello to another form of friendly com- petition in the fall. This year’s event did not disappoint. Com- plete stats aren’t in yet, but it sure felt like a record year. This event always amazes me with the turnout from the public, but the level of intensity that goes into the cooking teams creations. I bet there is no better barbecue served anywhere on this earth,

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